Women who are engaged in farming in Bursa’s Karacabey district earn from 5 decares of land where they bring the echinacea plant, which they have not even heard of before, to the soil. Farmer women in Bursa earn 5 times a year from echinacea. met. 32 women, who came together under the roof of Karacabey Dağkadı Producing Women Agricultural Development Cooperative, planted echinacea on 5 decares of land with the support of 200 thousand liras given by the company. The women, who were prepared for the 5th harvest in the garden, which was seen to be fully adapted to the region and were harvested 4 times this year, managed to produce echinacea honey thanks to 8 beehives purchased under the leadership of the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry. Sending echinacea and honey to their customers all over Turkey, women are happy to contribute to their family budgets. “We have brought a new product to Bursa’s production pattern” Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Director Hamit Aygül told Anadolu Agency (AA) that 20 thousand echinacea seedlings provided by the Aegean Agricultural Research Institute with the contributions of the detergent company were planted by women on the land in Karacabey. Explaining that this plant does not require much expense and only requires labor in the first year, Aygül said: “We have enabled echinacea to be used not only as a plant but also in other production forms. Echinacea is used in the cosmetics industry and can be consumed as tea. It is processed as a raw material for over 200 products. That’s why we care about this plant. We plan to work to make it more widespread in the coming years. Hopefully, we have brought a new product to Bursa’s production pattern.” Aygül stated that women earned 25 thousand liras from 4 harvests this year. Emphasizing that they saw the harmony of the plant in Dağkadı Mahallesi, Aygül said, “It is not a very selective plant, but it has adapted very well to this region. There is an opportunity to spread it all over Bursa. It is harvested, sold in kilograms or bunched in age. It is sold according to the demand of the companies.” said. “As people get to know this plant, the interest will increase.” Aylin Yıldız, President of Karacabey Dağkadı Producing Women Agricultural Development Cooperative, also thanked the company officials and the Provincial Directorate of Agriculture and Forestry for leading them. Stating that the women in the neighborhood were hesitant before starting this business, but now everyone continues happily, Yıldız said, “We produce echinacea and process it in our cooperative. We package it according to the demands we receive and send it by cargo. Also, we produced echinacea honey for the first time this year. The interest in our honey is also very high.” said. Cooperative member Sevilay Yılmaz, on the other hand, stated that they started to earn money from the product they harvested for the first time last year. Noting that it is not very difficult to grow echinacea, Yılmaz said, “We had never heard of echinacea before. We are very pleased, we have earned a lot of money this year. We contribute to the family budget. We started as 32 women, now we are working with 15 active women. Our land structure is suitable, the cultivation area will be increased in the coming years.” We will also expand it. It has been in very good demand this year. As people get to know this plant, the interest will increase even more.” used his statements.